»After a long and careful evaluation of our participation at the event and the need to replace and create new program contents, RTP's Program Direction team decided not to consider ESC as one of them. After decades of participation on this great event, we're taking a break, but we promise a comeback at 2017's edition.«
Much of the Portuguese broadcaster's budget for next year has already been spend on programming. In particular in sporting events.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be the fifth Eurovision without Portugal since its debut in 1964. The absences were in 1970, 2000, 2002, 2013 and now also in 2016.
The director of RTP stated, stated that Portugal intends to return in 2017, but with another national selection than the previous used "Festival da Canção".
Along with Portugal, Andorra, Luxembourg, Monaco and Slovakia have confirmed their absence from Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm.